In A Sonic State | My Top 5 Audio Companions

Waiting in line, being stuck in traffic, waiting for your order at a restaurant or even waiting for your friend who’s been “on the way” can happen more often than you’d like. New year’s resolutions abound, we’re all trying to be more efficient in one way or another. Why not be efficient with your idle time, and have a good time whilst doing so? Here’s a list of my top 5 audio companions.

JBL CHARGE 2+

Visible drivers to the left and right of this hefty speaker pump out the bass like nobody’s business. Emphasis on power to keep your music bumping, the Charge 3+ ensures that your music device doesn’t give up on you by way of a USB port to charge from when the inevitable low battery indicator comes up. Water resistant, speakerphone, and a sharing mode which lets multiple users play tracks alternately, as well as wirelessly daisy chaining multiple units of it’s kind as well as other JBL Bluetooth speakers makes this a top choice.

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JBL Pulse 2

Clear and balanced sound, speakerphone, Bluetooth daisychain connectivity by way of JBL Connect and a satin smooth metallic design makes this eye-catching speaker stand out from the bunch. A light show in your hand which matches the beat of your music, and can even sample the surface it’s on using it’s JBL Prism Color Sensor which mimics the color it’s pointed at is a definite win!

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JBL XTREME

If you want to be even louder, the JBL XTREME surely lives up to its name.  The ultimate in portable audio, this thing can fill up a room, the one beside it and still have enough power to reach the garage. Massive sound, powerful bass and distinct audio profile and presence makes this more than just a supersized sound machine. It’s definitely the powerful wireless portable solution for any sort of impromptu party, gathering or such in and out of town. Earth shaking sound that you can see with the two JBL Bass Radiators on each side. Splashproof design, dual USB out so your music keeps on going and a mesh/tactical cloth look that looks really premium. 15 Hours of clear, powerful sound to keep the party going!

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JBL Clip Plus

Ultra-portable, ultra-rugged and power for its size, the carabiner style design wherein it takes its namesake makes it perfect for clipping it to backpacks, beltloops and such. This Red Dot Design Award Winner (2015) boasts a dedicated bluetooth button which makes it a cinch to connect to. 3.5mm connecter for input or to daisy chain yours and your friends speakers plus a speakerphone is just the icing on this personal sized cake.

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Harman Kardon Esquire Mini

The sleek, premium metallic look of the Esquire Mini will match your premium gadgets easily, while the crisp audio profile of the device is sure to impress you and your colleague without being too in your face. Keep in touch with its standard speakerphone as well. The Esquire Mini comes with a wrist strap, stand, and battery indicator to let you know when it’s time to charge up again. Speaking of charging up, it can also charge your phone though mileage may vary.

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There it is, my Top 5 Audio Companions. Sure, some of the selection above may cost a pretty penny but what better to honour the musical greats while looking stylish doing it? Now that it’s a new year, time to be efficient and smart with your time. Life is short, buy the speakers!

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Power Overwhelming | Promate 240

The Promate 240 was launched recently by Powertech Asia Pacific Incorporated, it’s an indoor generator but it looks rugged enough to bring around with you so it’s not limited to being a homebody. Naturally, the adventurer in me wanted to test it out on the field! So brought the capable little generator that could to Laoag, Ilocos Norte.

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9 hours?! This usually intimidates the nomophobes in all of us, but luckily even with heavy usage the presence of a big, giant powerbank which can also run a PS4 complete with a monitor is very comforting.

*cue Knight Rider theme*

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Awoke near the Sand Dunes. Checked everywhere, no outlets in sight.

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Luckily, coming prepared is on the agenda. The Promate 240 has a 24,000mAh sealed lead acid battery that can jumpstart a car, power three USB ports and two 400-watt 220V outlets. Charge it (through a wall socket, your 12V car outlet, or even its built-in solar charging port) and you’re good to go! Power overwhelming!

 

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Information is everything, the indoor power station has a built-in LED digital display which shows you if you need to charge or keep on chugging on.

The Promate 240 Indoor Power Station, is priced to sell at Php9,999. You get a standard 1-year warranty as well.

Never run out of juice! The Promate 240 is now available in all leading hardware stores nationwide.

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Why I Switched To Samsung | Ultimate Test Drive

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December is upon us again! Can you believe it? I could have sworn that just a second ago it was summer! I can actually still shake off some sand from my boatshoes. Time really does fly doesn’t it? Especially techie-nally speaking. So, numerous new promos and ads for smartphones! Sure, your phone works fine, camera’s ok to a certain extent. But deep down you know it’s time to upgrade! Speed is what attracted me to Samsung, and inevitably caused me to switch. 

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 processor with 4GB of RAM. The numbers mean that multi-application switching is seamless and quick.

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“The best camera is the one with you” – Chase Jarvis

The Samsung Galaxy Edge + has a 16MP Rear Camera with Optical Image Stabilisation and a 1.9 Aperture lens that outshines the competition in terms of clarity, sharpness and low light performance. It is also wide, so less risk of being run over in the street when trying to fit the Eiffel tower into your frame. I travel and I’m on the go most of the time, I need a camera that is responsive and up to the task. Want fast? Double tap the home button and the camera launches in less than seconds flat. One other thing, it can also shoot 4K video.

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The screen is a thing of beauty. Sounds funny especially when talking about a phone, but it really is. The Samsung Galaxy Edge+  screen really is immersive especially with the curved super AMOLED display. I can honestly say that the Samsung Galaxy Edge+ has the best display I’ve seen on a phone barnone. How many times have you gotten an “oh wow” when showing photos or videos on your handset? The Galaxy Edge+ has gotten more compliments than a baby dressed as Santa on Christmas!

Be a voice, not an echo. Be Unique. We all now how customisable Android can be, and how straight up in can be with organizing folders photos and videos. Download something? It goes straight into the download folder, neatly and organised. Changing themes, is also possible, to truly make your phone your own.

Aside from the and features, it’s also nice knowing that when you whip out your phone from your back pocket it’ll stand out. It’s that immeasurable appeal of style, what the french like to term as je ne sais quoi, or maybe even what the italians like to call sprezzatura. There’s just something about it.

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“May power bank ka?” must be the most repeated question this year, that and “may charger ka” Two lines that strike fear in us, the ever growing epidemic of nomophobia (fear of being without your phone) 3000mah battery laughs at such queries. Did I mention that charging from fully drained battery takes only 90 minutes. Yes.

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 A sleek design, impeccable craftsmanship and a gorgeous screen that won’t die on you. What more can you ask for?

Convinced or otherwise? What if I told you that you could test drive either one of Samsung’s flagship smartphones for a whole month. Yes, it means exactly what it sounds like. For a whole month you can put either the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or the Samsung Galaxy Edge+ through its paces to decide if Samsung really is the ultimate choice. I know it is for me!

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Register at http://www.samsung.com/ph/ultimatetestdrive/ from November 6 – December 15, 2015 to secure a Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 unit. Then you can pick up your device at participating Samsung Experience Stores. Aside from the opportunity to enjoy the world’s most beautiful and feature-packed smartphone, those who eventually opt to keep their Samsung smartphone after the test drive will get additional free items such as free 1 year insurance coverage from Malayan Insurance and a 32 GB Sandisk Dual USB drive. If you’re thinking of making the decision that will change your life, the Ultimate Test Drive will help you make the best choice.

International Speed | Guam Ko’Ko’ Road Race

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I’ve been joining races and runs for some time now, starting from the Star Magic Run in the then-new Mckinley hill, then the first Century Tuna Run in BGC, then the numerous Condura Skyway Marathon(s) which eventually piqued my interest towards triathlon and you could say the rest is history. I’ve always been a believer in health, fitness and sport (cue Pain and Gain soundtrack) but I never thought I’d be this excited to join a half-marathon out of the country. Guam Ko’Ko’ Half Marathon and Ekiden Relay has been happening for ten years now, to bring awareness to the plight of Guam’s territorial bird the Rail or Ko’Ko which was brought to near extinction by brown tree snakes, pesticides and other introduced detractors. The community involvement and ongoing public efforts has helped the cause tremendously .

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At first I was ready to treat the Guam Ko’Ko road race just like any other, but then it dawned on me that Chuckie Dreyfus, Jeff Lo and I were to be the very, very unofficial Philippine representative runners, with that realization I knew that I had to push that fateful Sunday on Guam. Equals carb loading, very responsible carb breakfast loading at Denny’s!

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Followed by a very respectably carb packed lunch!

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The night before. I always do this whether my race is triathlon or a run, so less psychological traffic in the morning. Also, flat lay means business. I’m sure if someone from the cleaning staff of Hilton Guam Resort and Spa they’d think the person staying in the room was downright obsessed! No matter. I readied my Ford Forza Gear, 2xU visor, Rudy Project shades and Shotz energy gels.

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Here I am with Chuckie and Jeff. As you can see I am still trying to shake off the morning sleepiness. I am excited in this photo I promise. This could also be my sleepy gameface.

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Ready to go with Gatorade to sip before the race!

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Course maps can tend to look like hieroglyphics the morning of the race, so I suggest you study them a few days prior to figure out how far hydration stations are, which part you should push, recover and flat out. Knowing is half the battle!

course-map-2015-20151103Right before the 10k turnaround point, Carmel our “official” race photographer took this! haha!

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Too fast for the camera! Haha! Pulled up my shirt because I think I started out too hot!

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The volunteers assisting the race were very cheery and helpful. Which improves the vibe of the whole race. Which I believe helped my performance that day.

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After a seemingly flat hilly race, the cold air, seeing the difference running styles, pacing with a number of faster than me people, and drafting behind others, I made a sprint to the finish! This was my first half marathon outside of my triathlon 70.3 races, so I am pretty happy with my results! My results are on the right by the way (how I wish it was the 1:05:15 but that would be insane)

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The Boys Guam Out conquer the Ko’Ko’ road race!

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Myself with 2015 Miss World Guam. My arm is like that because I was drenched after really pushing it out on the race!

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Our 21K finisher smiles!

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The international half marathoners!

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With the Guam running crew! Spotted a lot sporting Jeff Lo’s hard to miss Pinoy Fitness running shirts.

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Of course a run isn’t complete without a groupfie!

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All in all, the Guam Ko’Ko Road Race and Ekiden Relay 2015 proved to be a real treat. The weather was perfect, the course well plotted out, the organisation top notch and the support that the city really gives to the runners is a great example of how races should be organised. Thank you to the Guam Visitors Bureau for letting me race in such a beautiful setting and showing me around the breathtaking sights around the island. Hope to be back again next year to better my new personal best!